Regional Minor Championships

The CS:GO Regional Minor Championships have reached their final act. The last two events will take place this weekend in Europe and Asia.

PGL’s Regional Minor in Europe is set to begin Friday, January 29th at 12:00 CET and continues Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 CET.

ESL will host the Regional Minor in Asia, with the broadcast beginning Friday, January 29th at 03:30 CET and continuing Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 03:30 CET.

All matches for both events will be streamed live on Twitch. In addition, the playoffs will be streamed live in-client to all CS:GO fans in Europe and Asia.

Which teams will earn their place in the qualifiers for the next CS:GO Major Championship? Tune in and find out!

Regional Minor Championship: CIS


This weekend, the CS:GO Regional Minor Championships travel to the CIS Region.

StarLadder will host the $50,000 Minsk event, where eight teams will fight for the top prize and a place at the LAN Qualifier for the next CS:GO Major.

Matches begin Friday January 22nd at 12:00 CET, and continue Saturday at 14:00 CET and Sunday at 13:00 CET.

All matches will be streamed live on Twitch. In addition, the playoffs (Sunday) will be streamed live in-client to all CS:GO fans in the region.

It’s time for one young team to prove they can compete with the best in the world. Who are you rooting for?

Regional Minor Championship: Americas


The CS:GO Regional Minor Championships are about to begin, with our first event taking place this weekend!

Join MLG as they host the CS:GO Regional Minor Championship: Americas, where one team will take home the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool and earn a seat at the LAN Qualifier for the next CS:GO Major.

Matches begin Friday January 15th at 4:45pm EST, and continue Saturday and Sunday at 9:45am EST.

All matches will be streamed live on Twitch and MLG.tv. In addition, the playoffs (Sunday) will be streamed live in-client to all CS:GO fans in the region.

Which up-and-coming team will rise to the top? Join us this weekend and find out!

Give Them a Hand

2015 was an incredible year for the Counter-Strike community, with over 10 million unique players launching CS:GO just last month and new players joining us every day! We’re excited to see where you take us in the coming year.

To celebrate the community’s success, we’re starting the new year by shipping a big visual upgrade to all of the first-person arm, hand, and glove models in the game.

Click here to see all of the new gloves, or just jump into a game and give them a look!

A Follow Up to Integrity and Fair Play

Professional Counter-Strike is very important to us and to our community. The audience’s trust in the integrity of the sport has allowed it to grow to the point where it entertains millions of fans. To ensure that the highest level of competition continues to entertain, that integrity can never be called into question.

Back in January and early February 2015 we took action after we discovered that a small number of professional CS:GO players were engaged in match-fixing. Our decision was to ban these players indefinitely from involvement in Valve-sponsored events. To clarify, the bans for these players are permanent, and players proven to have taken part in match-fixing will be permanently banned.

As the scene grows, it’s an unfortunate reality that some individuals will seek opportunities to take advantage of their fans. We will continue to take whatever action we think is necessary to protect the entertainment value created by professional Counter-Strike, including, on occasion, terminating our relationship with individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to exploit their fans’ faith in the integrity of the sport.

While bans can be disruptive and painful to some members of the community, they are sometimes necessary. We sincerely hope that we won’t have to issue more in the future.